1. Three days of spooky doings are in store in Buffalo's Central Terminal, reputed to be haunted, as the first Para-Horror Convention opens with a public ghost hunt from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., with a ticket price of $50. Admission is just $20 for the program from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, which includes celebrity guests Tyler Mane, the actor and pro wrestler; movie stuntman James Winburn; and horror film actress Leah Gibson. Many other movie directors and actors will be on hand, along with ghost cop Stacey Jones, Bigfoot expert Eric Altman and Western New York's own supernatural historian, Mason Winfield. For info, visit www.parahorror.com.
2. A dozen men and women who served during wartime from World War II to the present will share their stories with students from West Seneca East High School today in the school's annual Hometown Heroes program. Eighteen classes will have a chance to talk with them in small groups in the library media center throughout the day. In conjunction with the program, students and staff will be wearing red as part of a "Red Shirt Fridays" initiative to show support to servicemen and women and their families.
3. If Clydesdales are the monster trucks of the horse world, then Morgans are the roadsters, well-proportioned and compact, so small sometimes that they can be regarded as ponies. A breed that began in America more than 200 years ago, Morgans are prized for their versatility and their ability as trotters. More than 100 of them from New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Canada will go through their paces today through Sunday at the award-winning Western New York Morgan Horse Show in the Showplex at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Three competitions will be held daily. Admission is free.
4. The original cast (Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones), writer (Lowell Cunningham) and director (Barry Sonnenfeld) are back for this holiday weekend's big blockbuster release, the tongue-in-cheek sci-fi adventure film "Men in Black III." Also arriving today, the horror film "Chernobyl Diaries" and a pair of art-house entries, the comedy "Darling Companion," with an ensemble cast that includes Diane Keaton, Kevin Klein, Elisabeth Moss, Dianne Weist, Richard Jenkins and Sam Shepard; and the suspenseful "Sound of My Voice," with Brit Marling, Christopher Denham and Nicole Vicius.
5. One of our leading local ballet companies, Neglia Ballet Artists, teams with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for "An Evening of Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake and Serenade." The title says it all. It begins with George Balanchine's modernist 1934 "Serenade" and finishes with perhaps the most famous of all classical ballets, "Swan Lake." Tickets are $33.25 to $73.25.
6. There will be plenty of chances to educate your palate at the three-day Niagara Food & Wine Expo, which opens today in the Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls, Ont. The Dairy Farmers of Canada will explain secrets of pairing cheeses with various wines and beers all weekend at the Cheese Tasting Stage. Meanwhile, "Taste Like a Pro" at 6:30 p.m. today will provide a tour through a wide range of wines and flavors. Tickets are $12, but serious students will go for extra credit with $30 tickets that include the tutored tastings led by renowned wine professionals. For info, visit www.niagarafoodandwine.ca.
7. Back on his bike for the third year, Greg Crawford, dean of the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame, once again is pedaling from coast to coast to raise awareness of Niemann-Pick Type C disease, a rare neurodegenerative disorder that claimed the lives of three of the grandchildren of legendary Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian. En route from Boston, Mass., to Pebble Beach, Calif., he makes his first-ever stop in Buffalo for a reception at 4 p.m. in the Cullen Center for Excellence in Science at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, 845 Kenmore Ave. It's free and open to the public.